JAPAN: The Colonel's Crusade

Outraged was the word last week for the ladies of Washington Heights—the Little America in the heart of Tokyo where the families of 2,350 U.S. Air Force men live and never had it so good. A sergeant had been posted at the door of the commissary, and every woman who showed up wearing a bathing suit, shorts, slacks, blue jeans, pedal pushers or halter was politely but firmly turned away. "Tyranny!" cried one offender. "Aren't we free Americans?" demanded another. Asked practically everybody: "Who does Colonel Johnstone think he is?"

Colonel Charles Johnstone,...

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